Fern Computer Consultancy Ltd v Intergraph Cadworx & Analysis Solutions Inc – WLR Daily

Fern Computer Consultancy Ltd v Intergraph Cadworx & Analysis Solutions Inc [2014] EWHC 2908 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 400

‘A claim brought under regulation 17 of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 for compensation on determination of an agency agreement was not in respect of a contract or a breach of contract. Accordingly, the jurisdictional gateways for service out of the jurisdiction in paragraph 3.1(6) and (7) of Practice Direction 6B supplementing CPR Pt 6 did not apply.’

WLR Daily, 29th August 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

High Court: Commercial Agents Regulations could not override contractual choice of law – OUT-LAW.com

‘Mandatory rules governing the relationship between commercial agents and their principals in respect of the agent’s UK activities cannot override a valid jurisdiction and choice of law clause, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th September 2014

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Lack of Capacity – A Trap for Lawyers Removed? – Zenith PI Blog

‘Increasingly, nowadays, solicitors find themselves acting in personal injuries claims for people who may lack mental capacity. This may or may not be the result of the injuries that they have suffered. Unquestionably, the fact that persons may be at one stage fully capable of conducting litigation and at another stage not presents real difficulties for a solicitor. We have seen recently a settlement set aside because the Claimant, who did not have a Litigation Friend, but did not have capacity could not settle the claim. See the recent local case of Dunhill v Burgin in the Supreme Court, [2014] 1WLR 933. So solicitors face a potentially disastrous situation.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 29th August 2014

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

Bribes and secret commissions: Cedar in the Supreme Court – New Square Chambers

Posted September 3rd, 2014 in agency, bribery, equity, fiduciary duty, news, trusts by sally

‘What claim does a principal have where an agent or other fiduciary receives a bribe or secret commission in breach of the duty owed to him? Is the principal confined to a personal claim for equitable compensation from the fiduciary or canhe show that the bribe or commission was held on trust for him? After two centuries of debate in and out of the courts, the Supreme Court in FHR European Ventures LLP v Cedar Capital Partners [2014] UKSC 45 determined that the bribe or commission is held on trust such that the principal does enjoy a proprietary claim.’

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New Square Chambers, 14th August 2014

Source: www.newsquarechambers.co.uk

FHR European Ventures LLP and others (Respondents) v Cedar Capital Partners LLC (Appellant) – Supreme Court

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in agency, appeals, fiduciary duty, law reports, Supreme Court by sally

FHR European Ventures LLP and others (Respondents) v Cedar Capital Partners LLC (Appellant) (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 9th July 2014

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FHR European Ventures LLP and others v Cedar Capital Partners LLC – WLR Daily

Posted July 17th, 2014 in agency, appeals, fiduciary duty, law reports, Supreme Court by tracey

FHR European Ventures LLP and others v Cedar Capital Partners LLC; [2014] UKSC ; [2014] WLR (D) 317

‘Where an agent obtained a benefit, including a bribe or a secret commission, which was, or resulted from, a breach of his fiduciary duty to his principal, he held the benefit on trust for his principal.’

WLR Daily, 16th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Fibria Celulose S/A v Pan Ocean Co Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 4th, 2014 in agency, assignment, contracts, foreign jurisdictions, insolvency, law reports by tracey

Fibria Celulose S/A v Pan Ocean Co Ltd and another: Kim v Fibria Celulose S/A: [2014] EWHC 2124 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 288

‘The relief available under article 21(1) of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency, as scheduled to the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/1030), upon recognition by the English court of a foreign insolvency proceeding was limited to such relief as it would be open to the court to grant in domestic insolvency proceedings.’

WLR Daily, 30th June 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Scotland and another v British Credit Trust Ltd – WLR Daily

Scotland and another v British Credit Trust Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 790; [2014] WLR (D) 252

‘When determining whether negotiations between a debtor and a supplier were “antecedent negotiations” within section 56(1)(c) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, so that the supplier was deemed to have been acting as an agent of the creditor, the court had to inquire whether all the negotiations formed part of one transaction as a matter of fact.’

WLR Daily, 10th June 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Supreme Court decision provides much-needed clarity on VAT status of online tour operators, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 6th, 2014 in agency, holidays, news, Supreme Court, taxation, VAT by tracey

‘A travel company which marketed and arranged the sale of holiday accommodation to holidaymakers through its website was acting as an “agent” for the providers of that accommodation, and so did not have to account for VAT on those sales, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th March 2014

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Ministry of Defence v Kemeh – WLR Daily

Posted February 13th, 2014 in agency, appeals, armed forces, law reports, race discrimination by sally

Ministry of Defence v Kemeh [2014] EWCA Civ 91; [2014] WLR (D) 59

‘Common law principles of agency were applicable when considering section 32(2) of the Race Relations Act 1976.’

WLR Daily, 11th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Supplier tries to stick the boot in to its commercial agent – Technology Law Update

Posted February 12th, 2014 in agency, compensation, indemnities, news, small businesses by sally

‘We have been meeting with a number of smaller software suppliers and tech start-ups recently who have been grappling with the challenge of boosting their geographical reach. We use the word ‘challenge’ because (a) there are only 24 hours in a day, (b) smaller businesses tend not to have a raft of sales executives in their employment and (c) it is difficult to achieve global domination when you still want to focus on product development and manufacturing issues.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th February 2014

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Shearman (trading as Charles Shearman Agencies) v Hunter Boot Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted January 30th, 2014 in agency, compensation, indemnities, law reports, regulations by sally

Shearman (trading as Charles Shearman Agencies) v Hunter Boot Ltd [2014] EWHC 47 (QB); [2014] WLR (D) 32

‘A clause in an agency agreement which dealt with an agent’s entitlement to compensation or an indemnity on termination of the agreement was neither consistent with nor permitted by regulation 17(2) of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993.’

WLR Daily, 22nd January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Finanzamt Düsseldorf-Mitte v Ibero Tours GmbH – WLR Daily

Posted January 20th, 2014 in agency, EC law, law reports, taxation, VAT by sally

Finanzamt Düsseldorf-Mitte v Ibero Tours GmbH (Case C-300/12); [2014] WLR (D) 8

‘Under the provisions of the Sixth Council Directive 77/388/EEC of 17 May 1977 on the harmonisation of the laws of the member states relating to turnover taxes—common system of value added tax: uniform basis of assessment, the principles laid down by the Court of Justice in Elida Gibbs v Customs and Excise Comrs (Case C-317/94) [1997] QB 499 concerning the determination of the taxable amount of the VAT did not apply when a travel agent, acting as an intermediary, granted to the final consumer, on the travel agent’s own initiative and at his own expense, a price reduction on the principal service provided by the tour operator.’

WLR Daily, 16th January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Regina v J and others – WLR Daily

Regina v J and others [2013] EWCA Crim 2287; [2013] WLR (D) 472

‘Where an offence under section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 was alleged it was not necessary for the prosecution to prove, as an ingredient of the offences under that section, that the principal did not know of the payment and did not give his informed consent. It was only necessary to prove that the payment made for the prohibited purpose was made corruptly.’

WLR Daily, 5th December 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Torre Asset Funding Ltd and another v Royal Bank of Scotland plc – WLR Daily

Posted September 10th, 2013 in agency, banking, contracts, disclosure, law reports, news by tracey

Torre Asset Funding Ltd and another v Royal Bank of Scotland plc: [2013] EWHC 2670 (Ch);   [2013] WLR (D)  343

“A term was not to be implied into a mezzanine lending agreement that a bank, which had acted as agent for two special purpose vehicles (‘SPVs’) when they participated as junior lenders in such structured lending to a property company which subsequently collapsed, was obliged to disclose to the SPVs material financial information in its possession as to the declining health of the company.”

WLR Daily, 3rd September 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

May we have our emails back? – Panopticon

Posted July 29th, 2013 in agency, appeals, company law, disclosure, electronic mail, news by sally

“In Fairstar Heavy Transport NV v (1) Philip Jeffrey Adkins (2) Claranet Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 886 the Court of Appeal has considered what right a company has to obtain work-related emails held by its former CEO on his personal computer.”

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Panopticon, 26th July 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

It wasn’t my fault! Contributory negligence through the actions of others – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted April 11th, 2013 in agency, fraud, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

“An unresolved issue that has received little attention is whether a solicitor’s conduct could be attributed to his client as contributory negligence by that client in a claim brought against a different professional. If a claimant sues professional A for losses to which professional B also contributed, the normal course of events is for professional A to make a contribution claim against professional B. Professional A does not usually seek to attribute professional B’s conduct to the claimant in order to raise the defence of contributory negligence against the claimant. But it is easy to imagine circumstances in which the latter course would be attractive to professional A if available, for example if professional B is a man of straw whose insurers repudiate liability.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd April 2013

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Day and another v Day – WLR Daily

Day and another v Day [2013] EWCA Civ 280; [2013] WLR (D) 129

“For the purposes of the doctrine of rectification in the case of a voluntary settlement it was the subjective intention of the settlor that was of relevance in determining whether the court should order rectification and an outward expression or objective communication of that intention was unnecessary in such a case.”

WLR Daily, 27th March 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Secret commissions and proprietary claims – where are we now? – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted March 21st, 2013 in agency, appeals, bribery, constructive trusts, news by sally

“Practitioners were trained to believe that an agent would hold a bribe on trust for his principal. Then came Sinclair v Versailles which appeared to have decided that the principal’s remedy would be merely personal. Now everything seems to have changed again. In this ‘Insider’ note Peter Head examines the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in FHR European Ventures LLP v Mankarious and considers where we are now.”

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11 Stone Buildings, March 2013

Source: www.11sb.com

Directors of an organisation can be liable for discrimination as agents, tribunal finds – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 3rd, 2011 in agency, news, religious discrimination, unfair dismissal by sally

“Directors of an organisation can be guilty of breaching discrimination laws when carrying out acts on behalf of that organisation, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th September 2011

Source: www.out-law.com